Lee Hyori

In the first of five articles, we look back over some of the milestones of 2013. Here we list some of the significant anniversaries, marriages and deaths. The Donguibogam was published 400 years ago. The Korean War armistice was signed 60 years ago The Marmot’s Hole started 10 years ago Marriages Footballer Ki Sung-yueng, to […]

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The London Korean Links Awards 2013

by Philip Gowman 31 December 2013
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Now in its eighth year, here are the LKL Awards 2013. The year has been both good and bad from LKL’s perspective. Good because there seem to have been more events, more books, more films and more music than ever before as Korean culture gets more and more public attention. And bad because our day […]

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Lee Hyori is a retro Miss Korea

by Philip Gowman 15 May 2013
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I just can’t resist this new release from Lee Hyori, Miss Korea – a very different, retro, style from her previous outings. Lyrics and music are by Ms Lee herself – perhaps sensible after the trouble she’s had with her songwriters in previous albums. The single is from her upcoming album, Monochrome. According to her […]

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Is this for real? I’m so dead!

by Philip Gowman 14 March 2013
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“A fine for a person who exposes his or her skin is too much. Is this for real? I’m so dead!” Lee Hyori is said to have tweeted in this week’s non-story. Park Geun-hye’s cabinet approved a revision on 11 March that regulates certain “inappropriate” social behavior such as stalking and public indecency, which includes […]

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Looking back at 2012: Hallyu and entertainment news

by Philip Gowman 24 January 2013
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In the second of four round-ups of links to news which caught our eye in 2012, we focus on hallyu-related stories from around the world, some of the local entertainment industry stories plus a quick look at the film industry. UK. The Guardian put together an entertaining photoshop when London Mayor Boris Johnson claimed he […]

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The London Korean Links Awards 2012

by Philip Gowman 31 December 2012
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The seventh eclectic and highly personal commemoration of the best of the past year. Personality of the Year Runner up There were plenty of personalities in the South Korean Olympic team, particularly the pistol shooters, archers and the gymnasts. But the athlete that everyone will remember is fencer Shin A-lam, cheated out of a place […]

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I have no reason to drink Cheoeum Cheoreom any more

by Philip Gowman 13 November 2012
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The average soju you get in London Korean restaurants is all much of a muchness. You either take whatever is on the drinks list, or, if you have a choice, you choose the one advertised by your favourite soju girl. And now that Lotte has parted company with Lee Hyori after five years advertising Cheoeum […]

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A nice collection of soju ads

by Philip Gowman 11 October 2011
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Gents, you know you like those soju ads but feel that you shouldn’t. Take a guilt-free look, courtesy of Suzy Chung at the official Korea Blog http://t.co/1pfEWqT4 Keywords: Musicians: Lee Hyori Other tags: Advertisements | Alcohol consumption

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Hyori’s former composer pays up for plagiarism

by Philip Gowman 21 July 2011
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Lee Hyori’s former composer Bahnus ordered to pay Mnet $255,000 for H.Logic plagiarized material – 10 times what he got paid for the songs (via @AllKpop) Keywords: Musicians: Lee Hyori Other tags: Plagiarism

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Lee Hyori caught with plagiarised songs. Again.

by Philip Gowman 21 June 2010
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Not again! Isn't it about time Lee Hyori hired some composers who compose rather than copy? http://bit.ly/bXynR8 # Keywords: Musicians: Lee Hyori Other tags: Plagiarism

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Post-olympics celebrity and trivia round-up

by Philip Gowman 31 August 2008
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It’s been so long since I did a round-up of celebrity news, and nowadays my knowledge of what’s hot in the celebrity world is derived from looking at my site’s statistics where I can identify the google search terms which have landing people on my blog.1 So here is a collection of random stories from […]

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Banish your Monday blues

by Philip Gowman 3 September 2007
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Two little items to brighten your Monday. First, if ever you thought the TV in your particular country was trashy, just be thankful they haven’t plumbed the depths of “Racing Model Billiard Championship”. “This is a sport I really would like to see catch on,” comments the Party Pooper1. “Some geniuses over at the Xports […]

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Deadly Elves and other recent tabloid stories

by Philip Gowman 28 August 2007
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It’s a while since I did a round-up of celebrity news, which means that I’ve almost forgotten all the things I was going to mention, and lost most of the links that I was going to use. So before things get completely out of hand, here’s one of my not-so-regular posts shamelessly plundering the celebrity […]

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Celebrity news round-up: January 07

by Philip Gowman 9 February 2007
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Rain, LKL’s man of the year 2006 has started 2007 on a low-note with a speeding ticket in Hong Kong at the start of his gruelling tour. He also underwhelmed one reporter at a Singapore press conference who found him just a little dull. This wasn’t a reflection on his performance on-stage (and I’ve yet […]

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Chosun Ilbo’s top K-pop of the year

by Philip Gowman 23 December 2006

Here’s their list: Best Album Best Song 1 Vibe: Re-feel Vibe: He & She (equal with Lee Sung-chul) 2 Lee Sung-chul: Reflections of Sound Lee Sung-chul: Shout it out (equal with Vibe) 3 SG Wannabe: 3rd Masterpiece Baek Ji-young: I won’t fall in love again 4 Nell: Healing Process Eru: Black Glasses 5 Sung Si-kyung: […]

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Of Ostriches and Royal Warrants

by Philip Gowman 18 December 2006
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Why is it newsworthy to call someone an ostrich? The obvious answer, particularly when the person who’s being called an ostrich agrees, is that it isn’t. But when it’s heart-throb Jung Woo Sung calling TV soap princess Kim Tae-hee an ostrich, it’s an excuse to publish their photos and mention their upcoming film “Joongchun” or […]

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Hyori withdraws “plagiarism” single

by Philip Gowman 27 March 2006
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Lee Hyori has decided that discretion is the better part of valour, and has withdrawn performances of her single Get Ya!, from her album Dark Angel, which allegedly steals from Britney Spears’s Do Somethin’. Keywords: Musicians: Lee Hyori Other tags: Plagiarism

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